Rihanna has joined fans and other celebrities alike to mourn the hugely acclaimed producer, who pioneered new sounds and was an inspiration and source of hope to music fans worldwide, Sophie Xeon, who died at the age of 34.
Sophie died on Saturday 30th January 2021. His label Future Classic confirmed his death.
Rihanna who took to her social media handle on Monday, posted photos of them working together inside a studio with this caption that reads:
“still can’t believe this. Rest Peacefully Sophie,” she said.
“Our beautiful Sophie passed away this morning after a terrible accident. True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell,” a statement from his record label had said on Saturday.
Aside Rihanna who has been working with the Producer, Sam Smith also shared a glowing tribute to the producer and singer-songwriter. He said:
“Heartbreaking news. The world has lost an angel. A true visionary and icon of our generation.”
“Your light will continue to inspire so many for generations to come. Thinking of Sophie’s family and friends at this hard time,” he tweeted.
Sophie worked with global megastars Madonna (on ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’), Rihanna (the pair were pictured in the studio together) and Lady Gaga (as a collaborator in the making of ‘Chromatica’).
As a producer, Sophie also expanded the sonic universes of artists as varied as rapper Vince Staples, alt-pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma, experimentalist Arca and pop queens Kim Petras and Charli XCX. It’s a testament to Sophie’s singular mind that the musician worked with such a diverse range of artists from across the genre spectrum.